PICS: The Decemberists at Humphreys

'Castaways and cutouts': The Decemberists folk-rocked their way through Humphreys Concerts by the Bay recently, with buzz band openers Whitney in tow.

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The Decemberists got their start originally in Portland, Oregon back in 2000. The band consists of Colin Meloy (lead vocals, guitar, principal songwriter), Chris Funk (guitar, multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee (piano, keyboards), Nate Query (bass), and John Moen (drums).
Their debut EP, "5 Songs," was self-released in 2001. Their eighth and latest full-length album "I'll Be Your Girl" was released on March 16 by Capitol Records, and is the band's fifth record with the label.
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Fun fact: The Decemberists made a cameo appearance on the seventh episode in the 24th season of "The Simpsons," in which the band appeared as hip, new music teachers of Springfield Elementary. The episode's theme music was performed with the signature folk flair of the Decemberists as well.
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In addition to their lyrics, which often focus on historical incidents and/or folklore, the Decemberists are also well known for their eclectic live shows.
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Audience participation is a part of each performance, typically during encores. The band stages whimsical re-enactments of sea battles and other centuries-old events, typically of regional interest, or acts out songs with members of the crowd.
In 2011, the track "Down by the Water" from the album "The King Is Dead" was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 54th Grammy Awards.
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Fun fact: To commemorate both the release of the band's 2015 album "What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World" and the Decemberists' success as a whole, Jan. 20 was officially declared "Decemberists Day" in the group's hometown of Portland, Oregon, by mayor Charlie Hales.
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The group's July 30 show included the following songs (according to "I'll Be Your Girl," "Cutting Stone," "Won't Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)," "Make You Better," "Rox in the Box," "Down by the Water"...
Followed by "The Perfect Crime #2," "Severed," "Carolina Low," "The Island," "Sucker's Prayer," "We All Die Young," "The Queen's Rebuke / The Crossing," "Rusalka, Rusalka / Wild Rushes," and "The Mariner's Revenge Song."
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The indie-folk band Whitney opened the show and hails from Chicago.
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The group consists of Mak Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich (both former members of Smith Westerns), Josiah Marshall, Will Miller, Malcolm Brown, Print Chouteau and Charles Glanders.
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Ehrlich also played drums in Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
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They released their debut album, "Light Upon the Lake," in June 2016.
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It was produced by Foxygen's Jonathan Rado at his LA home studio.
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In March of 2017, they released two new songs "You've Got a Woman" and "Gonna Hurry (As Slow as I Can)" -- both covers. Come back soon, guys!
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